Form follows function: We can create a Metro Ethics Commission with teeth. Here’s how

An army of clipboard-wielding signature-gatherers deployed last week to pull support for a clever new financing scheme to fund the expansion and renovation of the Louisville Free Public Library system: three new regional libraries, two new smaller ones, and 13 branches to be renovated or expanded. The current LFPL budget, provided by Metro government, won’t cover that. So LFPL wants to increase the occupational license tax by two-tenths of 1 percent and create a “public library district,” a quasi-governmental agency that would manage the percentage of your tax money earmarked for libraries. It would bring close to $40 million annually, costing a worker who makes $38,000 a year $76.

Vested interest: Newburg taps into federal program to fight crime while fostering home ownership

Michelle Clay lives in West Louisville with her two sisters and her parents, with whom she has lived for almost all of her 38 years. Working full time and taking classes at Jefferson Community College, Clay finally has the opportunity to achieve her version of the American Dream — a place to call her own.

Rumor & Innuendo

That darned moving camera.Despite amazing new technology, often old school is best. During the NBA playoffs — which are marvelous, in case you have not been paying attention — ESPN/ABC have gone where they never should have. It is that moving camera along the sidelines. Send it. It makes me dizzy. I, like most, desire a static, stable view of the action. I don’t care to know what a Baron Davis breakaway would look like if I were a bird flying along the court above him. Think about it this way. You’re at a game, but nature calls when the action is hot. You scoot out the aisle but keep your eye on the court. But if something big is happening, you stop when you get to the aisle, so you can make sense of what you’re seeing. It’s a lesson the show-offs in the production truck apparently never learned. Just because they can have a camera hovering above the court doesn’t mean they should.Coach knows best.

LEO endorsements in the 2007 gubernatorial primaries

DEMOCRATSWe were saddened, but not surprised, by this week’s announcement that Jonathan Miller would bow out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Voter Guide 2007 (third of three Clip and Save!): And down the stretch they come …

This is the third and final installment of LEO’s interviews with Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates. This week we cover healthcare and explore each candidate’s general philosophy of government.Specifically, we asked:•HEALTHCARE: The current (healthcare) model seems to be serving fewer people, with higher and higher costs. What can the state do to address this problem?•PUBLIC LIFE: What is your view of what government can and can’t do for people — what it should and should not do?

City Strobe

Delegation sees American Democracy, Louisville-styleThe Metro Council meeting last Thursday was so boring I briefly considered allowing my body to slink all the way out of my chair and onto the ground, just to see if anyone was awake enough to notice. But rather than befoul my torso with whatever organisms live under those bland wooden chairs, I made a snap decision: Deftly and without warning I popped nine of 10 knuckles, all in a row, loud enough that a woman sitting two rows ahead of me whipped around and gave me a confused, unsettled look.

Share the road

Several weeks ago, city editor Stephen George took a self-imposed pledge to not drive for 30 days. In this week’s cover story, he reflects on the experience. The piece is not a polemic or a diatribe; he merely writes about what he expected beforehand, what actually happened and the people he met along the way. It’s a good jumping off point for further discussion. Maybe we can start a movement. Maybe there’s one already there. —Cary Stemle



‘How Can I Pretend That You Do Not Exist’

This week, Elizabeth Kramer writes about Sudan — the ongoing tragedy in Darfur, the recent civil war and the Lost Boys, refugees who’ve made it to the United States. The most prominent of those young men may be Valentino Achak Deng, whose story forms the basis of a novel by Dave Eggers. Deng will visit Louisville next week; the package begins on page 20. Also in this issue, LEO offers endorsements in both gubernatorial primaries.

In the wake of ‘Invisible Children’

When the Central High School students watched “Invisible Children,” they saw powerful connections. The Beta Club made sure nearly everyone in the school viewed the documentary about child soldiers in Uganda and, as a result, students began to realize their own efforts might help children suffering on another continent. More poignant, many saw something of themselves in the faces of children who, because of where they live, are being overlooked.